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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Clock is Ticking on
COOL Retaliation- Michael Kelsey and Steve Dittmer Weigh in on the
Senate's Decision to Make
expected, the World
Trade Organization (WTO) released their retaliation
number against the United States over the U.S. Country of Origin
Labeling (COOL) law this past Monday morning. The WTO ruled that
Canada and Mexico can retaliate against U.S. economy, as the U.S.
COOL has been ruled to be out of compliance by the WTO.
There are agricultural groups that are urging the U.S. Senate to move
quickly and repeal COOL once and for all. Other groups responded in
saying that the WTO numbers were flawed. The reality is that those
numbers are going to be used for retaliation against the U.S. in
totaling over $1 billion annually. This includes over $780 million
U.S. dollars from Canada and $227 million from Mexico.
Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Executive Vice
Kelsey says there's no more time for negotiation.
It's time for the U.S. Senate to respond to this very stiff
punishment of a billion dollars of tariffs a year against the United
Kelsey is our guest on the Beef Buzz- click
here to listen to his arguments for the Senate to stop dragging
their feet and approve a repeal of mandatory COOL.
Meanwhile- another gentleman that also believes that the Senate is
down to one choice- and one choice only- is Steve Dittmer.
Dittmer has been a writer down through the years for several
livestock publications- and now has his own advocacy outfit called the
American Agribusiness Foundation.
Dittmer has crusaded for repeal of COOL since its inception- and
released this morning an "op-ed" that Senate has no more
wiggle room on the COOL issue- that it will either allow the beef and
pork industries (and the rest of the US economy) to be subjected to
tariffs that will slow or stop the movement of our products into
Canada and Mexico- or the Senate can agree with the position taken by
the House back in June- and repeal COOL.
You can read his arguments for the latter by clicking
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Mizzou and K-State
Researchers Engineer Pigs Resistant to PRRS
Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome
(PRRS) virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1987. Pigs that
contract the disease have extreme difficulty reproducing, don't gain
weight and have a high mortality rate. To date, no vaccine has been
effective, and the disease costs North American farmers more than
$660 million annually. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Missouri,
University, and Genus plc have bred pigs that are
not harmed by the disease.
"Once inside the pigs, PRRS needs some help to spread; it gets
that help from a protein called CD163," said Randall Prather,
distinguished professor of animal sciences in the College of
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. "We were able to breed
a litter of pigs that do not produce this protein, and as a result,
the virus doesn't spread. When we exposed the pigs to PRRS, they did
not get sick and continued to gain weight normally."
Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman applauded
"Today's announcement of a health-enhanced pig able to resist
the PRRS virus is a critical scientific breakthrough in hog farmers'
battles against the disease and is a real game changer for the pork
industry," Stallman said. "PRRS is an incurable viral
disease that causes reproductive failure in sows, reduces growth of
young pigs, and causes premature death in piglets; PRRS annually
causes an estimated $664 million in lost productivity. Being able to
fight this disease through advance genetic technologies will mean
healthier animals, more efficient food production and more efficient
risk management options for producers."
or tap here to read more about how researchers were able to make
pigs that are resistant to this incurable and, up to now,
Researchers on the Receiving End of Federal Money to Research
Switchgrass Growing In Marginal Soils
How do you grow healthier, hardier plants for
livestock and people? One answer may lie in the relationship between
naturally occurring, beneficial microbes and prairie grass commonly
seen in the Great Plains.
Researchers at The
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory (LLNL), the University of California,
Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and the University of Oklahoma
recently received a five-year, $11 million grant from the United States Department of
Energy to study plant-microbe interactions in
The grant will enable co-principal investigators Kelly Craven,
Udvardi, Ph.D., Wolf Scheible, Ph.D., and Malay Saha,
Ph.D., (all with the Noble Foundation), the group at LLNL, and
principal investigator Mary
Firestone, Ph.D., (UC Berkeley) to study soil
microbial populations in and around switchgrass plants that grow well
(or poorly) on nutritionally-depleted soils.
or tap here to read more about these microbes promote the
prairie grass to grow in nutrient-deficient, marginal soils.
Dewey County Farmer
Praises Benefits of Cover Crops and Soil Health During Wet and Dry
crop production and cover crops have shown their benefits in
protecting the soil and saving moisture in drought, but they have
also shown their benefits in a wet year as well. Jimmy Emmons of
Leedey, Oklahoma has seen multiple years of drought, then this year's
wet year. In both cases, he has seen these concepts work on his farm.
"That's the great thing about a cover crop and soil health, you
can infiltrate a lot more water," Emmons said.
In planting cover crops and using a no-till system, Emmons has been
able to build organic matter in his fields. His latest data has shown
they have been able to double their organic matter over the past two
years. By increasing organic matter, he has been able to increase the
water holding capacity of his soil. That allows more of the rain soak
in and less of it to runoff. Emmons said this not only captures more
water, but also improves the water quality downstream.
I also talked with Emmons about how to build
organic matter. Click
or tap here to listen to our full interview.
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Announces Strengthened Process Verified Program
Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service
(AMS) Monday announced improvements to strengthen the USDA Process Verified Program
(PVP). For almost 20 years, AMS has administered the PVP to help
agricultural suppliers differentiate their products in an
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"Farm to Fork: A
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This N That -Tulsa Farm
Show Ready to Roll, Big Iron Wednesday and Steaks
for Troops Fundraiser Coming Next Monday
hard to believe- but another Tulsa
Farm Show is upon us- and the 22nd annual edition of
this great all indoor farm and ranch show kicks off tomorrow morning-
and runs through Saturday afternoon.
Our booth at the 2015 Tulsa Farm Show will be at the same spot it has
been for the last several years- just inside the main south entrance
to the huge Expo Square building- just inside from the big Tulsa
Driller. I hope you will stop by and say howdy- I'll be around much
of Thursday and Friday.
We hope that we will be able to have Travis Meyer in our booth for a
while on Thursday- Travis the News on 6 Weather Guy who also does a
little ranching in Green Country like many of you do.
It's Wednesday- and that means the Big Iron folks
will be busy closing out this week's auction items - all 637
items consigned. Bidding will start at 10 AM central
Click Here for the complete rundown
of what is being sold on this no reserve online sale this week.
If you'd like more information on buying and selling
with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he
can give you the full scoop. You can also reach Mike via email
by clicking or tapping here.
This coming Monday- National
Livestock and the Oklahoma National Stockyards are
planning their 6th Annual Steaks for Troops Auction.
This coming Monday- December 14, 2015- around 11 AM- they will be
stopping the final sale of 2015 at the Oklahoma National Stockyards
for just a few minutes and will be auctioning off a calf- likely ten
times or more- all in an effort to raise money for the All American Beef Battalion.
Click here for
some details about last year's event- which raised over $62,000 for
the all volunteer effort of saying thanks to troops returning from
deployment by giving them a steak dinner and all the trimmings.
You can contact
National Livestock at 800-310-0220 for more details
about this upcoming fundraiser- and how you can contribute to this
effort. (large or small- your donation counts)
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